When that happens the series can start. That put the game out of reach and was the dagger that prevented LeBron James and company from mounting a late comeback. Abdul-Jabbar was on hand for Game 3 as a guest of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to see James break the tie.
Making uncontested shots is something James' teammates need to do a better job with. And then on the other side, if you don't help that person win, they're looking at you, too.
The Cavaliers' LeBron James, who scored 51 points in their overtime defeat in game one, was restricted to 29 points on Sunday night. Right now, that seems very improbable. I'm not sure what time I'll end up getting to bed. The Golden State Warriors have taken both games at home to earn a 2-0 lead on LeBron's Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland star LeBron James and Golden State's Stephen Curry said Tuesday the NBA Finals champions will not be visiting US President Donald Trump in the White House no matter whether the Cavaliers or Warriors win the crown.
Cleveland has won eight straight playoff games at Quicken Loans Arena, which may be louder than ever with hometown fans still frothing from some calls that went against the Cavaliers in the Bay Area last week. They lost the rebounding battle 47-37, but dished out 27 assists and just 10 turnovers compared to Cleveland's 20 assists and 13 turnovers. They play best when they are doubted.
Which means that if anyone can forget game one, it's J.R. Smith.
Warriors forward David West hit just the 65th three-pointer of his career and his first since the 2016-17 postseason in the third quarter.
Iguodala has missed Golden State's last five play-off games with a left knee injury. The standards have transformed, and they know this has to be the time for them to compete with the best teams in the league.
While seemingly playing the Warriors by himself in game one, James saw better production from Kevin Love (22 points) and George Hill (15 points) in game two, an upward trend he will hope continues. It was hard to watch Game 2 play out and not think about what could have been had Cleveland properly closed out Game 1.
"We feel like we feed off our crowd", Love said on Sunday night.
"We've got an opportunity to go home and we've played some really good basketball on our floor".
Usually the Cavs are in such situations.